“There is a lot of needless slaughter going on.”So says Canvey Island Reverend Brenda Gutberlet.
Is she talking about the slaughter of Christians in Muslim lands? The slaughter of one type of Muslims by other types of Muslims, perhaps?
Even the slaughter of whole species of animals? No.
No, this is something a little bit more…secular, shall we say?
She has been fighting for an update to the Road Traffic Act 1988 since losing her niece in a crash nearly nine years ago.
Bride-to-be Natalie Wade, 28, from Rochford, was out shopping for her wedding dress when a 78-year-old motorist with partial blindness drove through a red light and ploughed into her on a pedestrian crossing. She died in hospital five days later, on Valentine’s Day 2006.
Her family want the DVLA’s “honesty declaration”, which allows drivers over 70 to self-certify their fitness to drive, to be abolished. It also puts the onus on motorists with eyesight problems and epilepsy to own up to the DVLA about their condition.Errr, right. OK…
Rev Gutberlet, the former vicar of Canvey Methodist Church, said: “As a family, we feel very strongly about this.
“From the age of 40 our eyesight starts to deteriorate, and by 60 most people are wearing spectacles.
“Being able to drive is a privilege, not a right, and we can’t see why it’s not possible for the Government to make changes to the law. We understand money is tight and we’re realistic we’re not going to get everything we want.
“We’re looking at simple changes. For example, in America, anyone who has been told they need to wear spectacles when driving has an icon on their driving licence, so police are aware of this if they stop them. ”Which wouldn’t really have prevented the accident that killed your niece, would it?
Still, I suppose it’s better than simply saying ‘it’s God’s will’…